INQAAHE Talks

INQAAHE is proud to introduce “INQAAHE TALKS”, an ongoing series of webinars focusing on global and regional issues presented by local and international experts providing insight and foresight on QA matters. Through this free series, we aim to connect our membership with the broader international higher education community to discuss today’s pressing issues.  

At a time of rapid change in higher education we see it crucial for the international quality assurance community to engage with all key stakeholders to collectively reflect on shared challenges and share insights and best practice, with a view to ensuring that higher education and quality assurance continue to serve the best interest of our increasingly interconnected communities.

There are two streams of INQAAHE Talks:

  1. The General Interest stream aims to serve INQAAHE's global membership by focusing on targeted and current issues. These webinars will have rotating times to give all time zones an equal opportunity to participate.  
  2. The Regional Focus stream will delve deeper into issues of regional interest and will be presented in partnership with regional network partners.

Past events are available here on INQAAHE's YouTube channel.


Coming soon: INQAAHE Talks session in January 2023

A conversation led by Tertiary Education global experts to reflect on the changing paradigm of tertiary education and the role of the INQAAHE new International Standards and Guidelines for Tertiary Education Quality Assurance (ISGs). More information soon!


November 16, 2022 (Wednesday)
14:00 - 15:30 UTC
16:00 - 17:30 Johannesburg time

Quality Assurance of Online and Blended Higher Education: The Southern African Experience

A joint webinar of INQAAHE, and the Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN)

This joint webinar session with the Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN) will focus on issues surrounding quality assurance of online and blended higher education within the Southern African context. As online and blended education becomes a more prevalent mode of delivery to support access and opportunity for a wide range of students across the region, issues surrounding quality become paramount. The need to share regional and international experiences of online and blended learning and the quality assurance thereof is opportune as we emerge from a time of significant change and now settle into planning of the future.

We are delighted to have the insights and expertise from Dr Whitfield Green, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Higher Education (CHE)- South Africa; Prof Richard Siaciwena, Vice Chancellor, Zambian Open University; Dr Paballo Mokenela, Lecturer and Head of the Adult Education Department at the National University of Lesotho (NUL); Dr Godson Gatsha, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Student Services at Botswana Open University (BOU); and Dr Deb Adair, President, Quality Matters and President, INQAAHE.

 


November 4, 2022 (Friday)
14:00 - 15:30 UTC+1/CET

Quality Assuring VET and Level 5: supporting harmonious transitions

This session will focus on issues surrounding technical and vocational programming that can fall outside or within traditional quality assurance bodies and frameworks for degree programming. Ensuring that there is credential and credit recognition for student academic progression and mobility is critical to support the higher education and labour market systems. Quality and recognition are the link in ensuring the connection between VET, HE, and the labour and supporting flexible learning.

We are absolutely delighted to have the insights and expertise from Hans Daale and Erik Martijnse, who will present the work of Chain5, a European Community of Practice supporting Level 5 of the EQF; Kristin Vinje, Chief Executive of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT); Leah Matthews, from the US’s Distance Education Accreditation Council (DEAC) who will share the experiences of supporting quality of distance VET and technical programming; and Karen Belfer, Executive Director of the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS).

 


July 7, 2022 (Thursday)
10:30 - 12:00 UTC

Cross-Border Education: Quality Assurance and Recognition Practices, Challenges and Opportunities

This webinar focuses on cross-border education, also referred to as transnational education (TNE), intended as the provision of study programmes in countries different from the ones in which the degree-awarding body is located. TNE has the inherent potential to widen access to quality international education to students who are not able or willing to travel internationally to pursue their studies.

In this webinar we will be hearing from different quality assurance bodies, with different experience of and approaches to the quality assurance and regulation of cross-border education. Prof. Khairul Mohamed Sahari, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Dr. Nitesh Sughnani, Director of University Quality Assurance at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) of Dubai will share the perspective of two different receiving locations of TNE. Dr. Abi Coveney, Senior Risk Manager/TNE lead at the Office for Students in England, and Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President for Institutional Field Relations at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in the USA, will share their different experiences and approaches from a sending location perspective.

 


May 24, 2022 (Tuesday)
10:00 - 11:30 US Central time

Outcomes-Based Education and Quality Assurance

A joint webinar of INQAAHE, the National Accreditation Council Colombia (CNA) and the Red Iberoamericana para el Aseguramiento de la Calidad en la Educación Superior (RIACES)

This installment of the INQAAHE Talks series, Outcomes-Based Education and Quality Assurance is co-organised with the National Accreditation Council - Colombia (CNA) and Red Iberoamericana para el Aseguramiento de la Calidad en la Educación Superior (RIACES). The session will focus on the role and value of articulated, implemented and assessed student learning outcomes on teaching, learning, and quality assurance practices.

We will hear from Irene Durante, from Universidad Autónoma de México and COMAEM about student outcomes in accreditation of Medicine programs in México; from Damien Owens, from Engineers Ireland, IEA and ENAEE, who will explain how engineering accreditation incorporates learning outcomes; from Mary Catharine Lennon, from the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB), who will share international trends and activities, and Iván Ramos who will discuss the implementation experiences of the National Accreditation Council - Colombia (CNA).

 


March 17, 2022 (Thursday)
13:00 - 14:30 GMT

Reimagining Quality Assurance in the 'New Normal'

A joint webinar of INQAAHE and the Arab Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (ANQAHE)

This first webinar in the series, Reimagining Quality Assurance in the 'New Normal', co-organised with the Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE), will look at the impact of the global pandemic on teaching and learning, and the challenges and opportunities associated with online learning. We will be listening to the perspectives of students, education providers and quality assurance bodies, engaging with participants in discussion.

We have collected the views of a range of students in different regions about their learning experience during the global pandemic, which will be played in a short video. We will then hear from the American University in Bahrain about their experience of having to pivot to online learning, and from Arizona State University on their experience of delivering learning in a digital environment. Quality Matters, a US quality assurance organisation for online education, and the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority, will share their views from an external quality assurance perspective. It will be an interactive webinar with plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions and inform discussion.